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Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3

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General Information

From the elevated viewing platform at Lock 3, get a close-up look at ships from around the world and experience the wonder of the Welland Canal. Inside, watch the 15 minute video presentation Welland Canals Past and Present and learn more about the four Welland Canals in the St. Catharines Museum exhibits and education programs. The Museum chronicles the industrial, cultural and social history of the area with an emphasis on the Welland Canal.


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Visit Merritt's Mercantile - the Museum Gift Shop for unique gifts and souvenirs.


Hours of Operation

April - December
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
December - March Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm
Administration Office    Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Library and Archives    Monday, Wednesday, Friday    12:30 pm - 4:30 pm Viewing Bridge open for 24 hours throughout the year.   Last Week of December - End of March the canal is closed for repairs and maintenance - therefore there are no ships passing!


Bicycle: We're conveniently located on the Welland Canals Parkway recreational trail, which runs parallel to the Welland Canals Parkway . Local Transit: There is currently no local transit service to the St. Catharines Museum, however, you can take St. Catharines Transit Bus #18 (Secord Woods).  Get off at corner of Dunvegan and Woodrow.  Follow Dunvegan to Pic Leeson Park. Follow path from soccer field to the Welland Canals Parkway (formerly Government Road). Motor Vehicle:  We're conveniently located 5 minutes off the QEW and 15 minutes from both Niagara Falls and the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.  From Toronto: Niagara east bound over the Garden Skyway QEW  exit 38A  Glendale Avenue Glendale (west) through the lights at Taylor Road Cross the Glendale Avenue Welland Canal Vertical Lift Bridge Right on Welland Canals Parkway Right into Welland Canals Centre parking lot From Niagara Falls, New York: Cross the Rainbow Bridge Follow the signs to Hwy 420 Take the QEW towards Toronto QEW exit 38 Glendale Avenue Left on Glendale Avenue at the lights Follow Glendale Avenue and directions above

Adjacent Land Uses

St. Catharines Museum

Welland Canal

Welland Canals Parkway

Further Information

Anthony Rasco, The Canal Man's Website

Glendale Avenue Welland Canal vertical lift bridge

How a Lift Bridge Works (animation)

Regional background paper about the Welland Canal Parkways and Trails

The Welland Canals Advocate Magazine��

Welland Canal Corridor Brochure and an amazing YouTube trip on a ship through the canal!

Ownership & Management

City of St. Catharines


Free parking to the south of the Centre for cars and buses.

Bicycle racks for 40 bicycles are available but you must provide a lock.

Merrit's Merchantile the Museum Shop at Lock 3

Picnic Tables

Snack Bar offers light snacks, soft drinks and ice cream treats (April to October)

Room Rental: Have your next event at a place where great discoveries are made!  Let us help you discover the perfect setting for your corporate event, picnic or meeting.  Rentals include a special admissions rate.  Audio visual equipment available for a fee.

Viewing Platform to view Lock 3 and ships

Admission Fee

Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3    Free Welland Canals Past and Present video (per person) - $1.00 (GST exempt) St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3 Adults - $4.25, Seniors (60 years+) - $4.00 Students (over 14) - $3.25, Children (6-13) - $2.50  (all rates include 6% GST) Family Discount - 15% Members are complimentary, except for specially ticketed events. Children five years and under admitted free. Welland Canals Past and Present video no charge if you purchase a museum pass.  


Fully Accessible


Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3
1932 Welland Canals Parkway, RR 6
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 7K6


(905) 984-8880

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.1334519637
Longitude -79.1948206887
UTM easting 646819.98
UTM northing 4777216.17


Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3
1932 Welland Canals Parkway
RR 6
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 7K6
Tel (905) 984-8880
Fax (905) 984-6910
Toll free 1-800-305-5134
Email museuminfo@stcatharines.ca

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